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The tail section of AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC is found (flight QZ 8501)

AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) tail section from flight QZ 8501 from the pictured Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) which was operated on a  flight from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 passengers and crew members has been located by divers in the Java Sea. In addition, a section of the fuselage with the aircraft’s PK-AXC registration marks has also been located in the Java Sea. It is now hoped the flight data recorders (not black boxes) will be located near the located tail section.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of the AirAsia Group, stated on his Twitter account; “I am led to believe the tail section has been found. If right part of tail section then the black box should be there.”

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC at Singapore before the tragic accident.

Video: First images of the tail and registration markings:

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The latest update on AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501, 39 bodies recovered

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) has issued this update on the search for flight QZ 8501:

AirAsia Indonesia wishes to provide an update regarding the latest development on the tenth day of search and rescue operation of QZ 8501 lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.

The SAR operations continued around the focused area where the aircraft is most likely located. More than 40 vessels and 20 helicopters were deployed and focused to find the exact location of the plane’s wreckage as well as the black box.

The weather was cloudy with light rain and waves at 2–3 meters. However, the underwater current is still strong around 4-5 knots and the visibility is still limited for the sea divers to identify more findings from under the sea.

Indonesian National Armed Forces Commander, General Moeldoko visited the military base at Pangkalan Bun this afternoon, to inspect the search and evacuation operation which is still running today.

This evening, BASARNAS also confirmed to recover two more remains from the focused search area. The two remains are still in Pangkalan Bun, waiting to be transported to Surabaya for further identification process.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Victim Identification Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they have identified 3 more remains of QZ 8501 passengers as: Indra Yulianto (male), Hindarto Halim (male), Jou Brian Youvito (male). AirAsia Indonesia officially handed over the remains to the respective families at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya this afternoon.

To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered a total of 39 remains of which 16 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 23 remains are still being identified.

AirAsia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.

2 large objects found in the search for AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501, Indonesia: The airline was prohibited from flying the route

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 remains missing as far as the main portion of Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648). However two large objects have been detected with sonar equipment on the floor of the Java Sea. One object was 31 feet by 15 feet and 20 inches high. 30 bodies have now recovered.

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Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry of Indonesia claims AirAsia Indonesia was not authorized to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route. AirAsia Indonesia has stopped flying the route as the investigation continues.

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On January 2 AirAsia issued this statement:

The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today confirmed that the remains of three more passengers on board QZ 8501 were identified as Grayson Herbert Linaksita (male), Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi (female), and Kevin Alexander Sutjipto (male).

The handover of the remains from AirAsia to the families took place earlier today at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya.

Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi was one of the flight attendants on board QZ 8501, and has been with AirAsia Indonesia since January 28, 2013. Khairunisa was well known for her professionalism as well as dedication at work.

Group CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes together with Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and CEO of AirAsia Indonesia, Sunu Widyatmoko flew to Palembang today to officially handover the remain of Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi to her family and attended her burial.

To date, DVI POLRI team has identified four remains of QZ 8501 passengers. A total of twenty two remains of QZ 8501 passengers have been recovered.

AirAsia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking for progress on the search and evacuation of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from the National Search and Rescue Agency.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

Map: The most probable area for the final location of flight QZ 8501 (from Darren/AirAsia):

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Sonar may have detected the wreckage of AirAsia Indonesia Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC

AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (part of the AirAsia Group) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 may have been located. Indonesian searchers battled bad weather today in the Java Sea. The searchers are using sonar and may located the fuselage of Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC possibly with the remaining passengers on board. Divers are trying to reach the possible wreckage but rough seas are hampering the attempts.

The debris found yesterday has been confirmed to be from the missing flight. Ten bodies has been recovered that were floating in the water. There were 162 passengers and crew members on the ill-fated flight.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters he hoped there was “at least some closure” for families according to CNN.

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AirAsia issued this statement yesterday:

AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ 8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014.

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ 8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) taxies at Singapore before the accident.

 

Reuters: At least 40 bodies and debris found from AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ 8501

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AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) missing flight QZ 8501 has now been confirmed to have crashed into the Java Sea. Reuters is reporting at least 40 bodies and debris have been found by ships off the coast of Borneo. Aircraft parts, including a door and oxygen tanks have now been recovered indicating a possible debris field in the water. The main part of Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) still has not been located.

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Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO stated on Twitter:

“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

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